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Sweet Rice Dumplings

Sweet Rice Dumplings are also called Palitaw in the Philippines.  A Filipino sweet snack/merienda favorite. Palitaw is a simple and easy to make. The dumplings can be sprinkled with sugar and coconut or rolled in it. The toasted sesame seeds add an extra bite of crunch and delicious nuttiness.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Keyword: asian dessert, asian sweets, Filipino Food, filipino sweets. palitaw, mochi, rice dumplings, sticky rice, sweet rice, sweet rice flour recipes
Servings: 6 to 8
Author: AmusingMaria.com


  • 1 1/2 cup sweet rice flour
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup water


  • Bring 6-7 cups of water to a low boil in a deep cooking pot
  • Put sweet rice flour in a bowl, add water gradually while mixing
  • Knead dough until it forms a ball
  • Add more sweet rice flour a tbsp at a time if dough is too wet
  • Take a small piece of dough, roll into a ball
  • Flatten with thumb into oval shape
  • Carefully drop dough in water 2-3 at a time
  • Leave enough space between the dumplings
  • Wait for dumpling to fully float in water
  • Scoop gently with slotted spoon
  • Roll in sugar and coconut
  • Sprinkle with sesame seeds
  • Or sprinkle dumplings with toppings


  • Add water to sweet rice flour a little at a time, dough shouldn’t be too wet
  • Toasted sesame seeds add a crunchy and nutty flavor to the dumplings